What Detroit Tigers need from Akil Baddoo before calling him everyday leadoff hitter

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Detroit Tigers manager AJ Hinch isn’t ready to call Akil Baddoo his everyday leadoff hitter.

Even as Baddoo appeared atop Sunday’s starting lineup against Kansas City Royals left-hander Daniel Lynch in search of snapping a two-game losing skid at Kauffman Stadium, Hinch was hesitant to call his 22-year-old rookie the team’s primary leadoff hitter.

“We’ll see,” Hinch said Sunday. “I’m going to be cognizant of his health and his tiredness. I want him to be challenged and get some opportunities against these lefties, but we’re going to need better at-bats from him against lefties.

“He’ll fight with you, like he’ll battle. He’ll go out there and do the best he can. The more he does that, the more comfortable he’s going to get.”

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